The Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities (AIPG) observes January 27, 2024, as the 19th International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, marking the 79th anniversary of the liberation of the former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. The United Nations General Assembly established this annual International Day in November 2005 through General Assembly Resolution 60/7. This day serves as a poignant reminder of the atrocities committed during one of the darkest chapters in human history.
The theme for the 2024 International Day of Commemoration is "Recognizing the Extraordinary Courage of Victims and Survivors of the Holocaust." By dedicating this year's observance to acknowledging the exceptional bravery of victims and survivors, we pay tribute to the indomitable spirit of those who, despite confronting grave risks, steadfastly opposed the Nazis.
This theme urges us to explore the remarkable narratives and historical accounts of individuals who exhibited unparalleled bravery in the face of unimaginable adversity. Their courage, resilience, and sacrifices stand as a testament to the strength of the human spirit in the pursuit of justice, freedom, and human rights.
In honoring the memory of all victims and survivors, we renew our commitment to combating Holocaust denial, antisemitism, and racism. By remembering and acknowledging the extraordinary courage of those who faced persecution, we stand united in our determination to create a world where such atrocities are never repeated. As we observe this International Day, let us come together to reflect, educate, and ensure that the lessons from history guide our actions toward a future of tolerance, understanding, and compassion.
The Auschwitz Institute recognizes the importance of preventing identity-based violence and fostering resiliency by addressing the long-term consequences of mass atrocities. This theme is an integral part of the Raphael Lemkin Seminar series curriculum, representing AIPG's longest-running program and a cornerstone of our work.
The Lemkin Seminar series welcomes government officials from around the world to join AIPG's expert instructors and other atrocity prevention experts on the grounds of the former Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland, for this powerful in-person experience. The Lemkin Seminar aims to connect the powerful lessons of the Holocaust and other mass atrocities with the development and implementation of policies and practices that protect populations. Through the seminar, AIPG continues to create a community of policymakers educated in the latest genocide prevention policy strategies, supporting each other to identify best practices for preventing and dealing with atrocity crimes, especially in places of high risk.